Dear Editor,In cities around the world, Local Government is serious business, but here in Georgetown, it is more akin to Comedy Central with innumerable humourous stories emanating out of that old fairytale-like castle which we call City Hall. What has been going on at City Hall since Independence and which continues to go on reminds one of the old “Carry On” series of British comedy motion pictures where the humour was just ridiculous.I think we must have broken another record for being the first city around the globe to have its Mayor’s Office so easily broken into and important documents simply carted off under the noses of the City Police Department.Of course, the smallest child would realise that this is a special thief or thieves and no ordinary criminal who was hardly interested in the valuable items contained in the Mayor’s Office but whose interest, it was reported, was to retrieve files that contained information about the Commission of Inquiry that was undertaken upon the request of the Local Government Commission which contains damning, incriminating and felonious information and details regarding some major players at City Hall.A question to be asked is why? When almost every little cake shop in town has security cameras to enhance their safety and security, why does City Hall have none? Financial constraints are a non-issue as this equipment has become very inexpensive, so then was this defect deliberate? Surely this is another first for capital cities internationally.But the bigger question to be asked is where was the City Constabulary? This is where the headquarters of the City Constabulary is located, not an outpost, not a police station and not a municipal location where a rank is posted to protect the property, but the control centre, the head office, the nerve centre of the City Police. Where their armoury is, where their lockups are located, where their duty officers are, and a thief or thieves casually saunters into City Hall’s compound, breaks into the Mayor’s Office, takes whatever he or she wishes, and saunters back out undetected? Unbelievable.I hope this serves as a wake-up call to the Mayor, as to the nest of vipers that he is operating within. The deceitfulness, treachery and savagery that surrounds him are incredible. How did this thief or thieves know of the existence of these files in the Mayor’s Office, how did they know where in the Mayor’s Office to find it? How did they know of the most vulnerable area to break in through?If the Mayor is serious about advancing his agenda and if he is serious about improving the living and working conditions within our garden city, then he must do two things, first he needs to remove all those who closely surround him presently, who come from the old guard and whom he inherited from his predecessors, and replace them with persons who would be honest and loyal to him and second, he needs to turn all those who were fingered in wrongdoings in the CoI and their matters over to the police for investigating. As they say here in Guyana “Cow deh a pasture he nah remember seh dog and butcher deh till he see am”.Finally, I would like to suggest that he changes from the current statutory and routine audit that the Audit Office of Guyana is currently unsuccessfully trying to undertake and summon a number of private audit companies in and order a full forensic audit to be undertaken of the Council’s books.Someone or some persons have something to hide at City Hall and it seems as though they are willing to stop at nothing to achieve this. Additionally, the ghosts of the old ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of City Hall seem to be still very much there and haunting City Hall with an invisible hand.Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgers
The trio who reportedly strangled to death and robbed two elderly women – Constance Fraser, 89, and Phylis Caesar, 77 – in October 2017, have now been committed to stand trial in the High Court for the heinous crime.Following the conclusion of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI), Magistrate Judy Latchman ruled that a prima facie case has been made out against the three men for them to stand trial during the sitting of the next criminal assizes.The three Albouystown residents – Christopher Khan, also known as “Imran Khan”, 25; Steven Andrews, 26; and Phillip Sufferin, 23, were all remanded for the crime when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that between October 2 and October 3, 2017, at Lot 243 South Road and Albert Street, the trio murdered the two women during the course of a robbery. They were not required to plead to the capital offence and were remanded to prison until October 26, 2017.The bodies of Fraser, known as “Mother Fraser”, and Caesar, her niece, were found in the upper flat of the home, in their respective bedrooms, lying unconscious on their beds. Caesar’s hands and legs were bound, and a piece of cloth had been stuffed in her mouth.According to reports, Caesar had failed to report to her place of worship, as is customary, prompting several attempts to contact the duo, all of which were to no avail. A congregation member then alerted the Police, and together they ventured into the home and discovered the two women dead.The elderly women were last seen alive while attending church two days prior to the discovery of their bodies.Meanwhile, the autopsies conducted on the bodies of the two women proved that they died as a result of asphyxiation due to suffocation and manual strangulation, compounded by trauma to the head. The post-mortems were performed by local Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh.
The news was especially welcome for businesses in Basra, one of three locations now allowed to stage the matches along with Shiite holy city Karbala and Kurdish capital Arbil.The southern city lies at the heart of a key oil-producing region but it is now looking to kick start its tourism sector — and hoping football could help turn it into a winner.The signs are already promising.Football fans arrive at Basra Sports City stadium in the southern Iraqi city on March 21, 2018 to attend the international friendly match between Iraq and Qatar © AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALILate last month Basra saw fans pack out its 65,000-seater stadium for a friendly against Saudi Arabia, and now the city is hosting a mini-tournament with Qatar and Syria.Hotel manager Tony Dib says every match day brings a flood of bookings — with packed establishments in the city even forced to refuse clients.“Business increases dramatically,” Dib, who runs the Basra Sheraton, told AFP.“Investors need to start thinking about building new hotels as the current capacity is not enough.”– Making space for fans –Up until recently the vast bulk of people checking into Basra’s hotels have been businessmen, mostly from the oil industry.An Iraqi fan cheers on her team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBut with the Qatar and Syrian national teams now in town they are having to make way for another clientele — football-mad fans from at home and abroad.“It was necessary to relocate customers who came for business to make space for those who came for the matches,” said vice president of the Basra chamber of commerce Qassem al-Saadi.Governor Assaad al-Aydani says the matches are having a “positive impact on the economy” of the city, over 500 kilometres south of Baghdad on the borders with Iran and Kuwait.He is hoping the uptick in economic activity will push local and national authorities to start “supporting more investment projects”.Already businesses have been rejigging their offerings to cater for the increased demand.Iraq’s national carrier has put on two additional flights during the week that the tournament is being held and the railway bolstered capacity for the estimated 7,000 supporters who came Baghdad.“Ahead of each match the national railway puts on three extra trains for 1,500 people from Baghdad to Basra,” said regional rail boss Hadi Shallal.Iraq’s Ahmed Yassin Gheni celebrates after scoring a goal during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARTickets cost some six dollars.Officials are hoping that the recent matches are just the starting whistle.Now Iraq has returned to the full international fold they are pitching for Basra to host the regional 2024 Arabian Gulf Cup.But for that to happen local businessmen say there will need to be a lot of money ploughed into the city.“We are struggling to cope with holding just a small tournament,” said Saadi from the chamber of commerce.“How could we deal with something on the scale of the Arabian Gulf Cup?”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iraq fans cheer on their team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBASRA, Iraq, Mar 27 – Boasting an ultra-modern stadium, the southern Iraqi city of Basra is hoping to cash in on football fans starved of international matches after the lifting of a three-decade ban.Earlier this month world governing body FIFA finally lifted its prohibition on Iraq hosting competitive internationals — sparking jubilation in the violence-wracked nation.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has emerged as a target for Manchester United. The French striker is also on Arsenal’s radar and they could fight it out for the £40m-rated star. (Guardian)Manchester United have also placed Dani Alves on their shortlist of potential defensive recruits this summer, but will only turn to the Barcelona full-back if they fail to land their priority targets. (Daily Telegraph)Liverpool are preparing a bid for Christian Benteke but will not lodge it until after Aston Villa have played Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Benteke enters the final two years of his contract at Villa Park this summer and Liverpool are hopeful that an offer of more than £20 million will convince Villa to sell the Belgium forward. (The Times)Arsene Wenger is monitoring Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno as a surprise summer target. Arsenal scouts have been watching the 23-year-old, who has scored 16 times for his Spanish club this season. Moreno has a £3million buy-out clause in his contract. (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba will snub interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea after deciding his future lies in Spain. But the Juventus midfielder has yet to decide between Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Daily Star)Eden Hazard is so happy at Chelsea he has set his sights on staying at the club for another decade. (London Evening Standard)West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans is to make his loan move to Premier League new boys Norwich City permanent in a £3m switch. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are considering a move for Southend’s highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – John Terry: I want to finish my career at Chelsea… but MLS move could be an optionExclusive – Rafa Benitez 99 per cent certain to become Real Madrid boss, says Ramon CalderonExclusive – John Terry: I’d love to see Carlo Ancelotti back in the Premier LeagueNorwich boss Alex Neil tells Premier League suitors: Forget about signing Nathan RedmondNicolas Otamendi latest: Man United target keen to leave Valencia, talkSPORT toldInter Milan president still confident Man City star will join this summerReports: Paul Pogba to snub Manchester City and Manchester United and move to SpainSouthampton star Morgan Schneiderlin ready to quit St Mary’s for Champions League footballReports – Chelsea target to stay at Atletico Madrid for fear of harming Euro 2016 placeAtletico Madrid turn to Arsenal star if they miss out on Chelsea flop?Aston Villa target is nearing Premier League switch, admits Swindon chairmanReports – Hull City star set to end KC Stadium nightmare
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ended his 11-month away goal drought at Goodison Park, but the striker wasn’t in a celebratory mood. 1 Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ended his 11-month away goal drought at Goodison Park, but the striker wasn’t in a celebratory mood.With a perfectly timed run, the England international latched on to a pass from Ander Herrera and sent the ball into the back of the net in front of the home supporters – a strike that saw him level with Andy Cole as the Premier League’s all-time joint-second top scorer.However, Rooney opted not to celebrate with his team-mates and has suggested that, as a boyhood Everton fan, it was a show of respect following the death of Toffees icon Howard Kendall before the match.“It was very sad news,” the United captain said.“I spoke to (Everton first-team coach) Duncan (Ferguson) this morning about it. It’s a sad day for Everton.“I’m sure everyone at the club feels it, and I’d like to pass on my condolences to Howard’s family.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m all for my dad,” he said outside the Disney studio. Joey’s father, movie writer Alan Shapiro, said he wanted his two sons to experience the strike. “It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing – I hope,” he said. Parents took advantage of the Veterans Day school holiday to take about 100 kids to the Disney protest. Most of the youngsters obviously had a little coaching about the issues. One thumb-sucking preschooler held a sign reading, “I’m learning to share. Can you? Play nice.” BURBANK – Picketing was hard work for hundreds of protesters who got cranky and needed naps Monday at protests staged by striking Hollywood writers. So they put down their hand-scribbled signs and made mommy and daddy take them home. In the latest ploy to keep the nation’s short attention span focused on their weeklong labor dispute, writers toted their kids to picket lines outside studios to teach them lessons about residuals and payments for shows offered on the Internet. The issues in dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers were clear for 11-year-old Joey Shapiro. John Aboud brought his 3-year-old daughter Penelope to show her the studio that made her favorite movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” “She brought a little toy rat because i told her we were going to Mickey Mouse’s house,” said Aboud, who is blogging about the strike and has several TV projects in development. Penelope made her own picket sign – unintelligible scribbles in green marker. Many of the kids were excited to join their moms and dads for some family time on the sunny, autumn day. Elijah Newman, 7, “has been dying to strike all week,” said his mother, Melissa Carter, a movie writer who lives nearby. The boy was thrilled when he waved and passing trucks honked in response. He also enjoyed the endless supply of doughnuts and cookies brought by strike supporters. Juliana Philpott, 10, brought a homemade sign with a photo of Raven, the star of the popular Disney Channel show, “That’s So Raven.” “It’s a little rude for the producers to take so much and have nothing left to share,” she said. Strike T-shirts were hot commodities on the picket line, with parents snatching them up for their kids. “The funny thing is, after all this is over, we won’t want to wear them,” Carter said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gokhan Tore 1 West Ham have completed the signing of Turkish ace Gokhan Tore.The 24-year-old winger has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Hammers, who are managed by his former Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic.Tore, who passed through Chelsea’s youth academy earlier in his career, has now sealed a season-long loan switch for a fee of £2.5million.There is an option in place for the Premier League club to buy the Turkey international for a further £10million.Tore won Turkey’s Super Lig last season and hailed father figure Bilic as one of the reasons in him deciding to return to England.“I am very happy to be at West Ham,” he told the club’s official website.“I watched many games that they played last season and saw how passionate the fans are. That made me want to come here and I am looking forward to playing in front of them.“Slaven was also a big factor in me coming here and he is a great manager. He is the main man and knows me very well. I could not have said no to him.“He is the best manager I have worked under and he is like a father to the players. You feel like you are family.”The club confirmed Tore will not link up with the squad, who are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States, but will begin his build-up to the new season at their Chadwell Heath training base.He is the third major summer recruit for Bilic ahead of West Ham’s maiden season at the Olympic Stadium following the arrivals of midfielder Havard Nordtveit and Algerian international winger Sofiane Feghouli.The Hammers began their pre-season with a 3-0 defeat to Seattle Sounders last week and face North American Soccer League outfit Carolina RailHawks on Wednesday before returning home.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “Just the physical ability to be able to do it is awesome,” said Minette Brown, 33, a nurse from Woodland Hills. “It kind of makes me realize that you can do anything that you set your mind on doing.” Brown, who was running in her second marathon, wore a sign on her back that read “If Found Crawling Pls Kick …” She scored a personal best time of about 4:10:00. Sunday’s event set Los Angeles Marathon records in the men’s, women’s and men’s wheelchair divisions. But for Brown and the other runners, the marathon was also about personal achievement. Even actor/comedian Tom Arnold, who appeared in the TV show “Roseanne” and the movie “True Lies,” was inspired enough before the race to join his first marathon – or at least encourage the runners. “Maybe I’ll hand out some water, because I want to help people,” Arnold said. “Then I’ll go to the end and meet the Kenyans. Because those guys seem to have different bodies than me, I don’t know what it is.” More than 25,000 runners, some with eager smiles and others with fierce stares, set off from downtown Sunday at the outset of the Los Angeles Marathon – and most triumphantly crossed the finish line to the warm embraces of family and friends. A hush came over the crowd moments before Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa fired the starting gun to kick off the city’s 21st annual race – which counted a record 25,256 participants, but also suffered a pair of tragedies. Retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy James Leone, 60, and Los Angeles police Officer Paul Reyna, 53, both died from heart attacks while competing in the 26-mile-plus contest. Prior to Sunday, there had only been one fatal heart attack in the 21-year history of the marathon, fire officials said. As the elite men raced ahead after the starting gun, a scrappy cavalcade of runners ditching plastic ponchos, hoisting homemade signs and plugging in iPod earphones followed close behind – for a while. It was more than 12 years since the last time a runner died of a heart attack in the Los Angeles Marathon. In a statement, organizers expressed condolences and sympathy to the families of the two men who died in Sunday’s race. Sunday’s race put the women back at the top of the leader board in the 3-year-old Los Angeles Marathon experiment that gives the elite women runners a head start on the men. A woman also crossed the finish line first in the 2004 marathon, but last year a man took first overall. The Russian Lidiya Grigoryeva, 32, dashed ahead of her closest female competitor the last leg of Sunday’s race. She finished with a time of 2:25:10, claiming first place and a total prize of $155,000, plus a Honda Accord. Benson Cherono, 21, of Kenya was close enough to Grigoryeva to keep the battle of the sexes in play until the last moments of the race, but finished 16 seconds behind her despite a time of 2:08:40. Cherono won $60,000 and a Honda Accord. Cherono had some ideas of what he could do with the money. “You know in Kenya, it’s a very poor country … and I think I have to assist all my brothers and sisters who are in Kenya,” he said. “So I think that’s my project, I have to think about them.” For the runners who did not take home any prize money, just being in the race was enough. “I love this marathon,” said television writer Nick Stanton, 26, of Sherman Oaks, after finishing his fourth marathon. “You get to go through every neighborhood, every neighborhood kind of does their own thing – they have bands and skits and everything like that. It’s the one time a year where the city just all comes together; it’s a very cool thing.” Outside the 7th Street Metro station, a busy crossing point before the race, a woman carried water bottles on a strap fastened like a bandoleer on her arm, as athletes in wheelchairs rolled along nearby wearing bright track suits. Before the race, wheelchair race competitors John Keith, 38, and Dustin Tuller, 30, both Iraq war veterans, waited between staggered starts for their chance to get going. For Keith, who lost a leg in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Baghdad, marathons are a way to get back into life. “After my injury I just sat there and I was just like, my life is over … I felt sorry for myself,” said Keith, a Washington, D.C., resident who still works for the military handling acquisitions. “And then I just got up.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manorcunningham Community NotesManor 5kmThe Manor 5km Road race nad fun walk takes place this Tuesday (1st July) at 7.30pm. This event has been running for a number of years and will be over a new course this year.Registrations are from 6.00 onwards in the Manor Resource Centre.Entry is E8.00 for runners and E5 for walkers. Loads of prizesLagan Harps FC Our ladies team drew 3-3 with Fanad Utd. Lauren Harper(2) and Nikita Burke scored. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Fanad’s Roisin MC Elwaine who was injured during the game.We had mixed boys and girls u/10,u/9 and u/8 teams taking part in the Mc Donald’s FAI Fun day in Letterkenny on Saturday.The kids played some great football and the club would like to thank them all for their excellent behaviour on the day.Our schoolboys presentation evening takes place this Friday (4th) at 7.30pm in the Resource Centre.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 7,13,16 and 18, Two people Eunan O’Donnell and Michael Toner had two numbers and won E25 each. DD NOTICE: ANNUAL MANORCUNNINGHAM 5K THIS TUESDAY was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD NoticeNoticesSport
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